December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
The family of a man who went for a motorcycle ride to clear his head after receiving counselling for the death of his five-year-old son broke down in tears as they heard how he was killed in a tragic crash.
Devoted father-of-five Joe Main had returned from a therapy session when he went out on one of his regular “head clearing” trips to Hunstanton – having earlier smoked some cannabis.
Just 30 minutes later, as his family prepared to move into a new home that coming weekend, he lost control of his Suzuki after failing to negotiate a bend on the A1101 New Road, in Upwell.
Fellow biker Ryan Walter and nearby resident Paul Chapman tried to see if they could help the 38-year-old and called the emergency services but Mr Main had suffered multiple injuries as a result of the crash.
Giving evidence at yesterday’s hearing at King’s Lynn County Court, his partner Mikayla Donaldson-Main – who has since taken his name after his death – paid tribute to him as a “loving, caring, giving, beautiful” man.
She revealed how Mr Main’s death had left a huge void in her and her family’s life, saying that although he had been devastated by the sudden death of his son Danny a few months before, they were still looking forward to a life together.
“We were still talking about all the positive things, even when we were on the way home after counselling,” she said.
Ms Donaldson-Main, who lived with her partner in Rookery Farm, Sixteen Foot Bank, March, had previously said that Mr Main was a “very caring man, really happy-go-lucky”, adding: “The death of Danny hit us all hard but it really affected Joe.
“We were looking forward to moving closer to his family in Peterborough away from this place. A new positive focus.”
Neighbour Mr Chapman said he looked up at about 8pm and saw “what I can only describe as a spray of mud”.
He added: “It all happened so quickly and it was a blur.”
PC Forbes Scott, who carried out an investigation into the accident, said: “In my opinion the likely cause was a failure to negotiate the right-hand bend.”
He said excessive speed and possible impairment might have contributed to what happened.
He confirmed that weather conditions on the evening of May 8 this year had been ideal and that there were no mechanical faults identified with the vehicle.
Both witnesses, Mr Walter and Mr Chapman, described seeing the bike travelling fast along the stretch of road, where the speed limit was reduced from 60mph to 40mph a few years ago.
A post-mortem examination showed he had died from multiple injuries caused by the road traffic collision but that cannabis was a contributing factor.
Coroner Jacqueline Lake said: “My conclusion is that Mr Main died as a result of a road traffic collision.
“The speed he was driving at has been described as excessive and was certainly above the speed limit.”
Previously his brother, Nigel, revealed how Mr Main “would often ride to the coast as a sort of therapy”.
He added: “Any biker will tell you that riding is a real positive focus and we often went together.
“It was a great way of head clearing.
“He was respected by everyone who met him. All his nieces and nephews idolised him.”